South Africa’s premier spring/winter fashion showcases, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town and Fashion Week Africa will once again see 1000s of local and international media, prominent global fashion buyers, investors and fashionistas converging on Cape Town from July 30th to August 1st and in Johannesburg from the 4th to the 7th of November 2015 respectively.
This follows on the heels of the successful Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2015, wherein some of South Africa’s most esteemed established and emerging designers showed their latest autumn/winter collections to top local & international media.
MBFWCT 2015 will see the South African fashion industry gather to celebrate the best of fashion in the Mother City and the latest in Spring/ Summer design. Designers will take to the ramp to showcase their design excellence as well as gain global exposure, with a line-up of stellar local and international modeling talent to enhance the designs.
Similarly, Fashion Week Africa will feature stellar collections from over 30 leading established and emerging African designers, culminating in the prestigious annual African Fashion Awards ceremony, which acknowledges the Continent’s top designers, including the announcement of AFI’s Designer of the Year, the highest accolade to be awarded in the fashion industry.
“This year, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town and Fashion Week Africa will continue to serve as a platform in promoting the commercial viability of African designers and international investment into the African textile and design industry,” says Sizwe Nzimande, Group Marketing Manager at AFI.
AFI, the gateway to refined African fashion, is committed to providing a platform to established African and South African designers to launch their brands and achieve commercial success, as well as nurture the continent’s design future through programmes like AFI Fastrack and AFI Next Generation.
“Building on the momentum generated by MBFWJ 2015, we look forward to MBFWCT and FWAfrica celebrating our best designers with events that are on par with the international standard of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks,” continues Sizwe.
In 2015, these showcases will firmly establish and celebrate Africa’s place within the global fashion community, presenting authentic, contemporary African design to international markets by showcasing designers from across the Continent. Designers from Cameroon, Tanzania, South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria, Mozambique, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Angola, and more, will be showcasing, making this a truly Pan-Continental event.
“The African Continent’s fashion industry has seen remarkable growth in recent years, and both fashion weeks are set to be a continuation of the creative and business innovation of African designers,” adds Sizwe.